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The best grilled BBQ Salmon Protein Bowl you will ever have!

This BBQ salmon bowl is something you will not want to miss trying. Just look at that beauty!

I can't even begin to tell you how quick I started to get DM's, when it came to requesting the recipe for this delicious and healthy BBQ Salmon protein bowl. One of the best things about this bowl is that it only involves a few steps, so it's a straightforward meal to prepare. Even better, the majority of people have all the ingredients already in their household.

What kind of salmon should I use?

I always recommend picking up the highest quality salmon that you can offer. It is better to consume responsibly farm-raised salmon or other fish than not to eat it all all. But if you have the ability to get wild caught salmon, or other fish, then great. Why? According to the NIH, "consumption on CVD has been revealed over the past decades, and some studies suggest that fish consumption may have a protective role in preventing metabolic syndrome. Fish contains a variety of nutrients that may contribute to health benefits."

Fish with a higher fat content will have a butterier taste. The wild salmon tend to be more lean and will have a more fish-like taste than farm-raised salmon because they have to work harder. This phenomenon is also true when it comes to wild meats. I remember a few years ago getting deer from the mountains of Alabama and it was much tougher than deer in Virginia, where I am from. So just make sure you understand that concept and know your budget when picking the right fish for you.

Can you use a different fish?

Absolutely! There should be no reason why you can't spicy up your bowl with a variety of fishes. Do you want to add crunch? Why not throw in a lemon peppers encrusted Tilapia or white fish. If you don't have salmon, but what another fatty fish, then add in some trout! Be creative. Don't let this healthy BBQ salmon protein bowl limit your ideas!

What other ingredients can you add?

The possibilities and flavor profiles can be endless. Do you love Asian food? Then do a Korean BBQ salmon recipe bowl or use your favor Teriyaki marinade! And don't forget to add more flavors with your sides, such as; edamame, seasoned corn, roasted veggies or even pickled onions. Each combination can bring a unique flavor to your dish.

Any tips or diet hacks to reduce the calories?

I certainly do! As a long term Myfitnesspal moderator and user, there are plenty of things that can be used or replaced to keep the calories low, but the volume high. The first thing I would replace is the rice with either cauliflower rice or lettuce. In my opinion, I prefer making it into a salad rather than using cauliflower rice, since I don't like cauliflower. And as much as I say "fat is flavor", you can swap out the 85/15 ground beef with a leaner ground beef or use chicken and/or turkey. Though I love avocados, I would not be opposed to swapping them out for pickled onions.

Is your bowl gluten free?

Absolutely. All the spices I use for my taco seasoning and the ingredients use are gluten free. I would make sure your rice is certified gluten free.

Can you make this healthy BBQ Salmon protein bowl work for a Ketogenic Diet?

You certainly can and I absolute do when I go on a Modified Ketogenic Diet. During my 60 lb weight loss journey, the first 50 was used with a balanced diet and then I implemented a Ketogenic diet the last 10 lbs. As I noted a few sections ago, I would swap out the rice for cauliflower rice or shredded lettuce.

So instead of belaboring the point, let's start cooking!

BBQ Salmon Protein Bowl

1 lb salmon

1 cup rice

1 large avocado

1 tbsp full fat mayo

1 tsp sriracha

2 tbsp sugar free BBQ Sauce (I prefer G.Hughes)

1 tsp avocado oil

½ tsp Salt

½ tsp Pepper

¼ Garlic Powder

1 tbsp sesame seeds

1-2 stalks of scallions

Salmon Directions: Take the salmon out of the refrigerator. Mix all the spices together. Lightly brush the avocado oil on the salmon and top with the seasoning. Set your grill to medium high (about 400°). Place salmon fat side down and cook for 3 minutes. Once done, flip the salmon and lightly brush with the BBQ sauce. You are looking to coat the salmon, not soak it. I definitely recommend using a bashing brush. Cook for another 5-7 minutes or until done (depends are thicken)

Rice direction: I cook one cup of rice in a rice cooker for one hour. If you don’t have a rice cooker, follow the brand directions.

Sauce: Take one tbsp of mayo and put in a bowl. Add in 1 tsp of sriracha. Mix thoroughly.

Combine all the ingredients into a bowl and top with the sriracha mayo.

Nutrition - 3 serving:

Calories: 694

Protein: 47.9g

Fats: 28.5g

Carbs: 54.5g

Fiber: 11.4g

Net Carb: 51.1g


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